If you have a serious illness, like autoimmune problems or cancer, you have probably at least entertained the thought of using diet to help. The Paleo Diet, which has you avoid grains and beans helps people. The Vegan Diet has you eat grains and beans and avoid meat. There are even more diet strategies, but these are popular. How do you sort them out when they are completely different strategies?
The Paleo Diet and the more restrictive Autoimmune Paleo Diet focus on healing the gut and maintaining a steady blood sugar level. It is a well established scientific fact that a leaky gut can cause allergies and autoimmune problems. Grains and beans can be hard to digest. Once you stop irritating the lining of the gut, it can repair and you get better. Avoiding grains and beans also minimizes spikes in blood sugar levels, which is super important for diseases like cancer. A well designed Paleo Diet is NOT high protein, but it is high fat. Organic, grass fed, high quality fresh food is emphasized.
The Vegan Diet helps people by eliminating the toxins that get concentrated in animal products. If done properly, it includes 8-12 servings of vegetables per day. If the gut can handle the grains and beans, there is no junk food, and you eat every 2 hours, you may thrive on this approach.
For various reasons, either diet may or may not work for you, but how to decide? How do you know? Let’s apply my Octave Resonance Healing Approach™ and see if it becomes clearer. This approach is where I work holistically on the physical, life force, emotional and spiritual aspects of something all at once, creating synergy where the whole is more than the sum of its parts. For more information see more information on the Octave Resonance Healing Approach™ explanation.
Do you tolerate carbohydrates well? Laboratory tests can let you know how you are doing (Fasting Blood Sugar, Fasting Insulin, Hemoglobin A1C, and C-Peptide). If you don’t, then Paleo is better.
Do you have a leaky gut? If you do, then grains irritate the intestinal wall so the Vegan approach will not be best for you. How do you know? There are blood tests for that as well! These are relatively new and most doctors are not educated about them, because there is no accompanying drug to recommend (unfortunately, a lot of a health care professional’s education comes from companies, not personal study of peer-reviewed journals). I help my patients obtain these.
Life Force Octave:
This is the level of how we experience the rhythmical life force in our body.
Symptoms of leaky gut include: Increasing frequency of food reactions, unpredictable food reactions, body aches, body swelling, unpredictable abdominal swelling, frequent bloating after eating, intolerance to sugars and starches. If this is you, you need to avoid food that irritate your gut. At the very least, avoid gluten. The Paleo Autoimmune Approach is best for you. Symptoms that show you may be carbohydrate intolerant include: craving sweets, irritability if meals are missed, depending on caffeine to keep going/get started, get light headed if a meal is missed, eating perks you up, agitation, early upset, nervous, poor memory, forgetful, blurred vision. If this is you, the only way a Vegan diet is going to help is if you eat every 2 hours and avoid any big meals. This may prevent wide fluctuations in your blood sugar. Paleo meals, because they contain animal protein (which is broken down slowly in the intestine) are more blood sugar friendly.
In this respect I encourage you to check with YOUR Spiritual Guidance. Both approaches have “right relation” with animals. Vegan doesn’t slaughter them. Paleo only eats animals who had a good life (grass fed). An eye-opening book is The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability by Lierre Keith. I was vegetarian for 25 years and it helped me feel enthusiastic about eating animals and being part of the life-death-life cycle that seems to be the order of things.
In addition to the issue of animal ethics, this Spiritual Octave is a level where I invite you to ask for Spiritual Guidance in healing yourself with food. You can do this through prayer, meditation, journaling, study, and many other ways. Simply open your heart to the possibility of healing and you will be nudged in the right direction. My patients get to experience Harmonic Medicine to help them integrate all the different levels of experience. The sound from tuning forks, gongs, Tibetan Bells helps amplify your connection to your Spiritual Guidance as well as your direct spiritual healing capacities.
I am writing as a former vegetarian who is finally getting the health I need by switching to Paleo. As a Registered Dietitian, however, I know that my way is not everyone’s way and I have seen both approaches (plus many others) really help people.
If you are interested in having me help you sort out what kind of diet approach is right for you, I offer a complimentary 15 minute “Get Acquainted” call: